Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

About CISL

The Stanford University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals are home to world pioneers of techniques, technologies and applications for immersive and simulation-based learning (ISL). Stanford currently has four internationally recognized simulation centers, The Immersive Learning Center in the LKSC, the Simulation Center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, The Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education – CAPE, and The Goodman Surgical Simulation Center (GSC) of the Department of Surgery. These Centers all operate world class simulation facilities to accommodate a wide variety of simulation modalities, standard patient exercises and part-task procedural training. In addition, CISL affiliates run multiple in situ programs, bringing simulation equipment into patient care facilities (such as emergency rooms and nursing units) to train personnel on site.

To achieve a further integration in the application of simulation in our own system, whether for students, for trainees, or for experienced personnel and teams and to reap the maximum scholarly benefit offered by the individual laboratories and investigators, Stanford University School of Medicine created the Center for Immersive and Simulation based Learning, (CISL – pronounced “sizzle”). CISL is led by the Associate Dean for ISL, Dr. David Gaba. CISL’s goal is to provide the coordination and integration of effort and link the activities of the diverse facilities and experts to the needs of the School and the hospitals. Moreover, the Center will harness the core organizational resources needed to accomplish the coordinated goals. CISL will provide a single point of focus and expertise on the use of ISL techniques in health care.

In addition to a key role in facilitating the learning of SUMC students and clinical trainees, CISL will be a focal point for research: a) about the pedagogy of ISL, b) using ISL techniques to study elements of clinical performance, and c) on creating new and better simulator hardware or software. CISL will also be an important link between the Stanford Institutes of Medicine and the hospitals' strategic service lines. Through CISL, ISL techniques will provide innovative modalities for the Institutes' educational missions.


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